Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Our Trip to Prior Lake

It took over a year of planning and we traveled a total of 20,350 miles (32,558 km) to and from Minnesota to make it happen.

From October 18-24, six card-blogging BABES met in real life! BABES stands for Benevolent Association of Beloved and Esteemed Stampers. Now that we're all home safely, we've got lots to tell you and show you!


That's Darnell, Kim, me, Anita, Bev and Geri. These ladies are so kind, generous, funny, talented and amazing!

Here's a few photos:

Home away from home on Prior Lake

The essentials: crafting table, jammies, snacks. 

TWO full tables of stamps, dies, inks, paper and glue (embellishments had their own little table!) It was like living in a stamping store!



Our mascot Snowflake - an albino squirrel that lived in our backyard.

Our trip to American Girl at the Mall of America

The other ladies have other pics on their blogs - make sure you check them all out. 

What can I say - it was like a reunion of old friends rather than a first meeting. We laughed so hard it hurt, ate a ton, stayed in our jammies and crafted - A LOT! We did get out to shop (Michael's, JoAnn, a cute little LSS and of course the Mall of America), for walks in the crisp fall weather and for dinner each night. Italian, Mexican, steak, pizza, you name it, we had it!

We all brought our own stuff to work on (I finished the last 96 of my Church Christmas cards, which will be posted in the future). Bev and Geri both drove, so their cars were loaded (LOADED) with supplies and tools. Anita brought lovely gifts from her garden (honey, walnuts and lavender), Kim and Darnell brought projects for every one (and importantly, Kim brought her "friend" SIRI, who knows how to find anything, anywhere - what a lifesaver! lol!). We worked on our cards for Shirley, as you already know. It was fun to see what everyone else has and uses - we had great time sharing tips, tricks, techniques and tools!

So if you've ever been thinking - hey it would be fun to get a few fellow stampers together, I highly, highly recommend it! (and if you need packing tips, let me just say this - less clothes, MORE crafts!)

41 comments:

Happy Dance said...

Such a wonderful post, Ardyth, about our time together! We sure packed a million memories into those few days, didn't we?! It was one of the best vacations ever!!!!! And you're totally right; less clothes packing and more crafty goodies! So happy we were able to get together. Bev

Darnell J Knauss said...

Very fun post, Ardy! I wish I could be as economical with words as you are and still express the same things!! Your recap and photos are perfect. It was amazing to met you in real life, make tons of memories, and watch your talent unfold at my elbow!! Hugs, Darnell

sandie said...

What fab photos and so wonderful to meet blog friends IRL

Anita in France said...

What a fantastic post, Ardyth ... and so great to see such fabulous photo's (not seen some of them!). It was such a joy to be with you ... what an amazing adventure we had! Hugs, Anita :)

Loll Thompson said...

How wonderful for you all to meet and spend a whole week together. So fun ... so many laughs and so many memories!! Thanks for sharing all of this with us. Loll xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Ardyth this is a fabulous post to captured just a bit of the wonderful and memorable time that you girls had in Minnesota! How fun for you all and I am so happy that I had an opportunity to Facetime with you all!! xoxo

Cathy said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time Ardyth, lots of fun and so productive too! Cathy x

Kristie Goulet said...

These posts are so fun to read. Looks like an amazing time. Thank you for sharing!

Neets B said...

Wow! So great that you could all meet up and it looks like you had a great time :) x

Lynn said...

Oh how wonderful...all of your smiles say it all Ardyth. It looks perfect!

Diana Nguyen said...

Oh, that looked so fun and wonderful! So glad you ladies were all able to get together!

Brenda said...

I love that you lovely ladies got together like this!!! How fun for you all and coming from all over to boot! Looks like it was a blast and it just can't get any better than this. The house you guys stayed in is lovely, the weather looked like perfect fall days and I just love your little mascot. Too cute!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us Ardyth. I agree if it is possible, make it happen!! Hugs, Brenda

Kim Heggins said...

Oh...what a beautiful post Ardyth! I love your last line - less clothes and MORE crafts, so so true. How fun for you that you completed so many of your church Christmas cards and thank you so much for being a wonderful inspiration too. I am now hooked on distress inks and when my hubby complains, I will be giving you all the credit. I enjoyed the walks in the crisp cool air and solving the worlds problems too. Crafting with friends does not get any better than this!

aileen (mum) said...

Great post. Have been looking at all the photos and everyones posts. Sounds as though you all had the best time.

Craftychris said...

It's so cool you had such a fabulous time! Loving the photos - you can see how well you all got on and how much you enjoyed yourselves! Thanks for sharing them with us xxx

Susanne Vargas said...

This sounds like a dream come true (and it was, right)! Thanks for sharing!

Julene Matthews said...

How wonderful! Isn't it great that you can meet up with crafty friends from across the globe.Looks like a fun time was had by all. XXXXXX

Melissa said...

I am smiling going through the great photos you have all posted! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of such a wonderful opportunity with us!!! Crafty friends really are the best kind, aren't they?! ;)

Cheryl said...

Wow! Looks like you guys had so much fun! I can't imagine anything less with you and Darnell! What a wonderful event!!!

Karen Mead said...

Wonderful post Ardyth and it looks like you all had a wonderful time - hugs xx

Geri said...

YES..you are so right - it was like a reunion of old friends! I still cannot believe how much fun we had. I haven't laughed that much in ages! You gals are chicken soup for the soul! A fabulous blend of no cooking, no cleaning, tons of coffee and shopping, inspiration galore...ah, life was good at the lake!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Well, that answered my questions -- HOW FUN! That house looked amazing and the mascot was incredible! What fun!!

SARN said...

It's always fun getting together with like-minded people and having a good time together. Looks like your week was super fun though.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

KayM said...

Oh that looks like so much fun! What a wonderful time you all must have had! The pictures are super!!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Wonderful post Ardyth! I am loving all of the pics from the BABES and can only imagine the fun you all had planning, putting into action and having the big crafty getaway party that transpired! Memories and good times!
Love that you got to make it happen!

Linda said...

This looks like so much fun. What a great memory for all of you.

Bobby said...

So glad you all had this time to share food, laughs and crafting tips. A once in a lifetime opportunity and you all took away such wonderful memories.

Jacquie Southas said...

How heavenly to have a week of crafting and friendship in such a stunning location!

shirley-bee said...

This must have been the ultimate crafting experience, Ardyth, and I'm honoured that my cards were made at such an event :) You all look like you had tons of fun.

cm said...

Ardyth, the photos and stories you BABES have written about your epic, dream-of-a-lifetime adventure are inspiring, delightful, heart-warming and heart-melting! I see six amazing friends crafting up a storm and building a strong, solid foundation of companionship, with LOVE infused in every moment you spent together. Friends forever, indeed! I consider myself blessed that each one of you is part of my life, and it is all the richer because of that! My dream: at some future point to be part of this extraordinarily special group when you meet 'in real life' once again. Mega-watt smile and heart singing with joy...Thank you for inviting us to be part of this momentous event!
Hugs~c

Laura Norris said...

How wonderful that you all got together and had such an amazing week!!

Joyce said...

I am just loving hearing more and more about this trip and seeing all the photos. What an amazing experience.

Virginia Lu said...

What an amazing trip you just had, Ardyth! I am so happy that you BABES all got to meet! I can only imagine all the laughter and fun that you all had enjoyed in this awesome get-together! Wow!

Marybeth said...

Ardyth, I have seen almost all the pictures and post now about your wonderful trip, WOW! I am so happy it all went well and that you all had so much fun. The place looks amazing ,and crafting in pjs is perfect anytime:). I can see the fun on your faces..what a wonderful group of girls! Thanks for sharing with all of us.

Patti said...

I am greatly enjoying reading all of the BABES posts and of the high time and great fun you each enjoyed!! : ) Thanks a bunch for sharing.

Patti

frommycraftroom said...

How wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

Gerrina said...

Such a great idea and good that you managed to really meet eachother and have a fun week! Nice pics and I can believe that such a weel gives your crafting a super boost! Enjoy your weekend, Gerrina

Kelly Griglione said...

Well no wonder you can post something new everyday ... when you make NINETY SIX cards in a week, that will last you quiet a while! Good golly, Miss Ardyth!! Perhaps you will tell me that the amazing atmosphere, inspiration, and endless supplies had something to do with it. But still, NINETY SIX?! That's just crazy. And I know they were all darn good, creative cards too.

So glad you were able to experience a girl's week as awesome as this! What a time you all must have had : )

maria f. said...

OK, so if I average your 96 and Anita's four, things sound more reasonable. What a riot! Thanks for taking us all with you vicariously.

Kim S said...

What an amazing group! It is a wonderful experience when our online friends become real - and you all clearly became best friends immediately!

Michelle said...

That looks like such a fabulous crafting getaway with a wonderful bunch of people! I wish I was there! :-)